A strange urban collection of hyperactive, semi rational individuals. None of them posess their own washing machine, and most of them only own two sets of clothing. Some characters in fact wear clothing which was handed down through the generation, from the 1980s.
Characters are mostly unemployed, for they spend most of their day in a tiny square. Nothing like this actually exists in the eastend of london, which is actually very large, cosmopolitan, with large streets, large roads, and large communities of various ethnic groups.
On eastenders this is not reflected, it is perhaps stuck in the public imagination of the eastend in the 1950s. The storylines are not well thought out, the acting is childish, and it reflects a place firmly in the imagination of the British public.
The eastend of London today, is made up of asian, white and black ethnic groups, with brick lane mostly asian.
It is not really reflective of multi ethnic London, despite the occasional crazy black or asian family who arrive, to live alongside the mostly crazy white families.
Its imaginary stuff.
Real life "I am going to Brick Lane market in the east end, to purchase some sari material, and have a curry!"
Eastenders "Err love, we ave 2 asian families on our street now, its a lot more than it used to be innet?"